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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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95
world-class

2,995 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,995
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 164
Gots: 248 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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TXHops

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-ABV: 8%
-Malts: Malted barley, malted wheat, malted oats and unmalted barley, unmalted wheat and unmalted oats.
-Hops: Styrians (and other spices)

Well, like a jackass, here I sit with a bottle of beer full of coriander. When I was in Austin, I was shocked to see Tripel Karmeleit on the store shelves, so I had to buy a 750 (even though the 750 bottle is green…???). Anyway, I found Karmeleit on tap later that trip at the Gingerman, had some, and discovered that it was spiced with my favorite seasoning. Not only did I already spend the 7 or 8 bucks on the bottle, I looked more closely and discovered it was imported by Manneken Brussels, right there in Austin. The next week I saw it in the stores in Dallas, and in smaller bottles to boot. Oh well, here comes some attempt at objectivity.

Karmeleit pours with a really pretty, deepish gold body: darker than many triples. Is the additional color from the use of oats? The snow white head is massive and fluffy and looks like the foam that forms on the top of a boiling pot of potatoes before they’re ready to be mashed, only bigger. Requisiste lace coats the inside of my Duvel glass. The clean, yeasty nose smells quintessentially Belgian. A little warmth reveals a lemony, spicy coriander undertone.

The body is surprisingly yummy: oily and with a slight viscosity to mitigate the airiness. Michael Jackson’s Great Beers of Belgium (Running Press 1998) claims that the beer is heavily spiced, but annoyingly fails to elaborate. Still, I can taste the spices, which paradoxically don’t contribute to the spiciness of this brew—the yeast takes care of that. I can also taste the classic Belgian sourness in the back of the mouth. However, through the annoying flavors of coriander, the fluffy body and the sour finish, I can find some really intriguing aspects of this beer. The oats seem to be the biggest difference between this and other Tripels. The slick creaminess that they impart is really unique and quite appealing. They even helped me see past the coriander enough to score this beer highly. Kudos to Bosteels for making Belgian beers that don’t just taste like all the other Belgian beers. While I like Kwak more, Karmeleit is one that I can thoroughly appreciate, even if I wouldn’t drink it again. Still, my irrational hatred of coriander should not dissuade any other BA’s from trying this unique, exceptionally well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 18:16:51 | More by TXHops
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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 2,995 ratings.